The CECI Burial Assistance Program may provide a one-time amount not to exceed $500 to be used towards funeral home, transportation, or other related funeral expenses, of a deceased Calista Corporation voting shareholder or descendant of an original shareholder.
Applicant must be an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) or a spouse of the deceased Calista Corporation voting shareholder or descendant of an original shareholder to be considered eligible to apply for Burial Assistance. If the deceased has no surviving immediate family members or spouse, a letter of confirmation must be provided, and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Applicant must complete and submit the following within 60 days after the date of death:
All applications must be signed, dated and complete in order to be processed. Incomplete applications will not be processed and rejected after the 60-day time period. The Burial Assistance Program is based on availability of funds.
If the Burial Assistance application is approved by CECI in its sole and absolute discretion, CECI will disperse funds as follows:
Directly to the funeral home, if the applicant requests the funding up to an amount not to exceed $500 to be dispersed to the funeral home and an invoice from the funeral home is included with the application;
If the applicant does not list the funeral home, directly to the applicant who requests and is approved for a one-time amount not to exceed $500 for funeral service expenses, which may include:
The Calista Education and Culture, Inc. (CECI) Burial Assistance is funded by donations and fundraising through CECI and is subject to the availability of funding.
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“We call ourselves Yupiit, “Real People.” In our language yuk means “person” or “human being.” Then we add pik, meaning “real” or “genuine.” We are the real people.”
-Paul John, Calista Elder
To provide assistance to immediate family members (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) or a spouse making arrangements for the final resting place of a deceased Calista Corporation voting shareholder or descendant of an original shareholder.